Double Shelix

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Sinopse

We're passionate about women in STEM, the grad school grind, inclusive science, and passionate people. We are excited to share fantastic conversations and insights, and have fun along the way!

Episódios

  • Leaving a bad project - skill share!

    Leaving a bad project - skill share!

    01/05/2020 Duração: 28min

    Sometimes bad projects happen to good people. Kayla and Sally discuss how to identify if your project may be in trouble, talk about these challenges with team members, and say good riddance to a bad project. We also talk about letting go of a good projects that come to an untimely conclusion due to circumstances outside your control - lost funding, changing priorities, or, you know, a global pandemic.

  • Letters of recommendation - skill share!

    Letters of recommendation - skill share!

    17/04/2020 Duração: 45min

    Requesting, writing, and stressing about letters of recommendation? Been there! Kayla and Sally cover all these letter of rec worries and more! We get into the weeds like what to do when a recommender asks you to "write the first draft for me" and how many "friendly reminder" emails are too many. Finally, we walk you through writing your first letter of rec about a trainee. It's the first of our Skill Share series - hope you enjoy!

  • Extracurricular Activities in Graduate School

    Extracurricular Activities in Graduate School

    24/02/2020 Duração: 53min

    How involved should graduate students be in activities outside of lab? Sally and Kayla discuss how to strategically choose personally- and professionally-fulfilling extracurriculars while still budgeting time for life.

  • Science Policy - From Tax Dollars to Kimwipes

    Science Policy - From Tax Dollars to Kimwipes

    24/10/2019 Duração: 41min

    Science policy panelists Andrew Bremer, Stephanie Mack, and Kathy Shield join Sally and Kayla again to discuss how scientific research is funded with a focus on the process of allocating and distributing government funding. The panelists also share how graduate students can be involved in this process and impact research funding for years to come. Links: Journal Science Policy and Governance http://www.sciencepolicyjournal.org/ National Science Policy Network https://scipolnetwork.org/ Science Policy Group of Berkeley https://sciencepolicy.berkeley.edu/ Twitter tags: @STEMvotes @UCB_SciPolicy

  • Dr. Maria Artunduaga on Entrepreneurship, Resilience, and Reinventing Your Dreams

    Dr. Maria Artunduaga on Entrepreneurship, Resilience, and Reinventing Your Dreams

    13/08/2019 Duração: 55min

    When her first career dreams were absolutely dashed, Dr. Maria Artunduaga reinvented herself, founded a company, and learned to thrive.Trained as a physician in her home country, Colombia, Maria dreamed of coming to the US to become a pediatric plastic surgeon and hustled to make it happen. When blatant discrimination and subsequent litigation forced her out of medicine forever, she felt stuck. Eventually, she trained and studied to become an engineer and entrepreneur. She founded Respira Labs and is using acoustics to identify COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) flareups. Maria shares her journey, her advice for others going through career hell or facing discrimination, and lessons learned as a CEO. We are honored to share her story as part of our Journeys series. Find Maria on Twitter @DrArtunduaga and Respira Labs @RespiraLabs or RespiraLabs.com. Subscribe to Double Shelix and tell your friends! Find us on Twitter @doubleshelixpod or email us - doubleshelixpodcast@gmail.com. Thanks to the Berke

  • Skydeck: Startup University with Caroline Winnett

    Skydeck: Startup University with Caroline Winnett

    29/04/2019 Duração: 32min

    Skydeck, UC Berkeley’s startup accelerator program, has created a new model for funding education. They provide resources and funding to help university-affiliated founders go from idea to startup, and profits from Skydeck’s venture fund go directly back to the University. Double Shelix is delighted to welcome Caroline Winnett, Skydeck’s Executive Director, to discuss her path from concert violinist to MBA grad to startup gamechanger. We also discuss some of Silicon Valley’s systemic issues and what needs to change to make entrepreneurship accessible to everyone. If you have a startup or are thinking about thinking about starting one, Caroline will inspire you to absolutely go for it! Berkeley Skydeck – https://skydeck.berkeley.edu/ UC Berkeley Entrepreneurship Resources – https://begin.berkeley.edu/ Thank you to Joel Wanek from Mind Space Time for editing and production of this episode! http://mindspacetime.squarespace.com/ Subscribe to Double Shelix on iTunes, and tell a friend about our podcast! Feedbac

  • Science Policy - Getting Involved!

    Science Policy - Getting Involved!

    16/04/2019 Duração: 01h04s

    Science policy has created some of the biggest research initiatives of our lifetimes, like the Human Genome Project, the Cancer Moonshot, and even the Original Moonshot. It also dictates more mundane (but vital) aspects of scientists' lives like grant funding, and how graduate students' tuition stipends are taxed. Science policy panelists Andrew Bremer, Stephanie Mack, and Kathy Shield join Sally and Kayla to discuss their work bringing a grad student science policy group to UC Berkeley and how science policy impacts all our lives. They also share tips for interacting with elected representatives and advocating for science policies you're passionate about. Finally, we chat about career opportunities in science policy and how scientists and people passionate about science and research can get involved and stay informed. Stay tuned for another episode with our amazing science policy panelists coming soon - we'll go deep on how taxpayer money leads to new technologies! Subscribe to Double Shelix on iTunes! Mor

  • First year as faculty - with Helen Zha, PhD

    First year as faculty - with Helen Zha, PhD

    22/10/2018 Duração: 01h03min

    You’ve secured a coveted faculty position - now what? Double Shelix welcomes Helen Zha, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Helen started as a faculty in January 2018, and on this episode, we discuss her experiences on the faculty job market and how we can learn from her mistakes - and her successes! Helen shares the triumphs and challenges she has faced in the first year of running a brand new research group, and the best advice she’s gotten from her mentors about navigating this exciting career stage. Also, tenure is only 4 years away, so we discuss that terrifying situation, and why it doesn’t seem equally terrifying to all junior faculty. We also discover what motivated Helen to pursue an academic career, her ultimate career and life goals, and how she has perfected the art of the lipstick break. Oh, and her biohybrid materials research, of course! DOUBLE SHELIX LIVE - Tuesday, October 23 at 5:30 pm. UC Berkeley Hearst Mining Building, Room 290. A

  • Bringing lab skills to industry roles and crushing it with Heidi Norton, scientist at Biomeme

    Bringing lab skills to industry roles and crushing it with Heidi Norton, scientist at Biomeme

    08/10/2018 Duração: 01h01min

    Heidi Norton joins Double Shelix to discuss her transition from graduate school to living her best life as a senior molecular biologist at Biomeme, a biotech startup in Philadelphia. She shares her tips for using enthusiasm as a networking tool, and how students and early career professionals can identify their strengths and demonstrate them to potential employers. Heidi shares some of the awesome science she does Biomeme, creating hand-held PCR machines to find endangered species, diagnose diseases in the field, and track high-value goods in the supply chain. Heidi tells us why she loves working at Biomeme and about current job openings at Biomeme - a technical sales/business development role and a software development role! If you love science and solving problems and want to learn more about the business of science, you should TOTALLY APPLY! Biomeme's open positions - biomeme.com/careers Biomeme on LinkedIn - https://goo.gl/uzmdEV Email Heidi for more inside scoop on the job postings - heidi@biomeme.com

  • Summer internships + rotation projects: Leveraging short-term experiences for your future career success!

    Summer internships + rotation projects: Leveraging short-term experiences for your future career success!

    26/08/2018 Duração: 46min

    How can you make the most of a short research or work experience? Sally and Kayla give their tips for how to succeed in a summer internship or research rotation, including how to manage day-to-day responsibilities, demonstrate your curiosity and eagerness, and finish strong to leave a great impression. We give the inside scoop on asking for letters of recommendation and navigating tough conversations about authorship and publication goals. Also, what to do when you end up in a truly toxic situation (which you probably won’t, but still it’s scary). Other important things: great lab notebook habits and tips for all stakeholders to make a successful undergraduate poster fair. If you supervise interns or rotation students, or if you are one - this is the episode for you! Resources: All the best practical tips for crushing your summer research experience, from The STEM Squad https://goo.gl/AgsEQC Excellent tips about framing your summer work experiences in future job, school, or fellowship applications on our e

  • You do Belong in Science-stravaganza!

    You do Belong in Science-stravaganza!

    09/05/2018 Duração: 55min

    We wrap up the You do Belong in Science series with listener stories and lessons learned from this series. Listeners write in with stories about the importance of professors' LGBTQ allyship and dealing with chronic illness in graduate school. We reveal who does not belong in science (spoiler alert/content advisory, it's sexual harassers). We also welcome allyship correspondent Jon Muncie to discuss actions everyone can take to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace, fairly judge peers' research, and increase representation and promote inclusion of people from underrepresented groups in STEM. He reminds us that we need to get comfortable being uncomfortable when it comes to discussing and addressing these important issues facing our science workplaces. Resources * Resources for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty at Berkeley: https://queer.berkeley.edu/on-campus, at UCSF: https://lgbt.ucsf.edu, at U of Pennsylvania: https://bit.ly/2jJqjdZ * Proud and Prepared: A Guide for LGBT Students

  • You do Belong #5 - Triumphs and challenges in international research with Dr. Suhair Sunoqrot

    You do Belong #5 - Triumphs and challenges in international research with Dr. Suhair Sunoqrot

    02/05/2018 Duração: 45min

    Professor Suhair Sunoqrot joins Sally and Kayla to discuss her experiences running her research lab at Al Zaytoonah University of Jordan and what she wishes international colleagues understood about the research climate in Jordan. Also on this episode, a listener is having a hard time fitting in while researching in another country, and we discuss Suhair's experience finding belonging in research labs in the US and Europe. Suhair successfully balances her nanoparticle and drug delivery research with a heavy teaching load, and we learn her secrets for making it work. Suhair is an outstanding researcher and mentor, and we're honored to have her on Double Shelix! Resources: * Suhair on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ssunoqrot/ * Suhair Sunoqrot Lab at Al Zaytoonah University: https://nanolabzuj.wordpress.com/ Thank you to our funders, Penn Bioengineering Department and the Berkeley Student Tech Fund. Thanks to Gustavo Villarreal and Kaz Lewis for our awesome graphics and photos! Follow us on Twitter @d

  • Illuminating the pathways to graduate school - with Christina Fuentes and Shaheen Jeeawoody

    Illuminating the pathways to graduate school - with Christina Fuentes and Shaheen Jeeawoody

    26/04/2018 Duração: 55min

    A STEM graduate degree can be a gateway to an amazing career, but many undergraduate students are unaware that these opportunities exist or how to navigate the grad school admission process. Guests Christina Fuentes and Shaheen Jeeawoody join Sally and Kayla to discuss strategies for enabling students to learn about and successfully apply to graduate school. Shaheen and Christina are both leaders in Graduate Pathways to STEM, a grad student-run organization that brings students from non-research institutions to Berkeley or Stanford for a 1-day conference to learn about the opportunities a graduate degree presents, what grad school is like, and navigating the admissions process. Conference attendees are paired with peer mentors and have the opportunity to interact with STEM leaders. We also discuss strategies for successful grad school applications, writing strong essays that advocate for yourself, Shaheen and Christina's pathways to graduate school, and the value of peer mentorship - "Peer mentorship kept me

  • You do Belong #3 - Helping students learn how to learn, with Sherri Messersmith

    You do Belong #3 - Helping students learn how to learn, with Sherri Messersmith

    17/04/2018 Duração: 01h07min

    Many students arrive in college under-prepared for success, and professors have the responsibility - and opportunity - to help them gain skills to enable their success and find belonging in STEM. However, few professors are trained to help students develop these skills, so our guest, Sherri Messersmith, incorporates them into her series of developmental math textbooks! On this episode, Sherri shares her journey in math, from besting elementary school bullies on every math test, to high school math teacher, to college math professor, and now author of 15 college math textbooks. We discuss how staying true to your passions outside your main focus area - like writing, cooking, and travel, for Sherri - can make you better at your job, and even open the door to new opportunities - like textbook authorship! Sherri tells us what departments can do to engage with students in introductory courses and how to build students' confidence in difficult material. As Sherri says, life is not linear, so follow your passions, w

  • You Do Belong #2: Youth Development through STEM Outreach with Noni Williams

    You Do Belong #2: Youth Development through STEM Outreach with Noni Williams

    11/04/2018 Duração: 01h09min

    The real value of STEM outreach is the positive youth development and mentorship that students receive. Being inspired to pursue a STEM career? That's just a welcome bonus, says our guest, math graduate student and data scientist Noni Williams. Noni joins Kayla and Sally to discuss effective strategies for STEM and professional development outreach to kids and teens and her extensive experience leading initiatives from robotics and digital art festivals to AP Computer Science and slam poetry. Also, our allyship correspondent Jon Muncie checks in to chat about how we can all work to distribute the burden of emotional labor equitably in our workplaces and beyond. We also discuss Noni's experiences being the only woman and/or student from an underrepresented background in her graduate mathematics courses and balancing work as a data scientist at United Way of the Midlands with graduate school. Noni gives advice for others in similar situations. Some of Noni's keys to success including tracking gratitude, findin

  • You do Belong in Science #1 - Finding Belonging with Dr. Tamara Alliston

    You do Belong in Science #1 - Finding Belonging with Dr. Tamara Alliston

    03/04/2018 Duração: 44min

    We kick off our You do Belong in Science series with Dr. Tamara Alliston, PhD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF. Tamara discusses her journey into science and academia, and how she found belonging through peer mentorship, despite imposter syndrome. As a mentor, Tamara works to help mentees "stay connected to what gives them joy," and we also discuss what brings Tamara joy - musculoskeletal biology and surfing with her family! Tamara stresses the importance of STEM outreach to adult audiences, and shares her practical tips for "making this life work." Finally, we dispel myths about the Pipeline Problem, and Tamara shares some data about funding disparities in orthopedic surgery. We encourage everyone to dig into the data to learn about funding demographics in their own field; for most of us, there's still a long way to go. Bonus: Tamara's qualifying exam advice! Resources * Alliston Lab at UCSF - allistonlab.ucsf.edu * Musculskeletal Biology Gordon Research Conference - https://bit.ly/2H5wPqx * The im

  • Wellness in graduate school with Meagan Ita and Michael Magaraci

    Wellness in graduate school with Meagan Ita and Michael Magaraci

    12/03/2018 Duração: 58min

    Going in, graduate students expect they'll have to work hard, but most students are unprepared for the mental anguish that grad school can induce - especially when experiments aren't going well, or when we compare to themselves to others' successes. Penn Bioengineering PhD students Meagan Ita and Michael Magaraci join Sally and Kayla to discuss wellness in graduate school. Meagan and Mike discuss the importance of taking charge of your own wellness, and what departments can do to support student wellness. Things also get real with discussions of the value therapy and/or medicine to address depression or anxiety, and we sound off on the harm caused by toxic mentor/mentee relationships. If you've struggled with being well, want to stay well, or want to support others on their journey to wellness, check this out! Resources: *Professor Arjun Raj's blog - truly, a font of knowledge - goo.gl/h2Wwi2 *UC Berkeley graduate student wellbeing survey results​ - goo.gl/kcby7w *FixYourRun.com *PhillySurgeRunning.com *Meag

  • Technical communication and hot retail trends, with Zoe Leavitt

    Technical communication and hot retail trends, with Zoe Leavitt

    05/03/2018 Duração: 50min

    Zoe Leavitt, senior consumer product and retail analyst at CB Insights, joins Sally and Kayla to discuss what's hot at the intersection of tech and retail. She truly has her finger on the pulse of the latest trends - and the data to back that up! We also talk about her experiences working for Bank of China in Shanghai, and communicating technical content to lay audiences - like on Good Morning America! We also calls BS on VCs being "afraid to meet solo with women founders" in the post-#MeToo era and conclude that the future of futurism is female. Zoe's a master communicator, and shares some awesome tech communication tips. You'll love Zoe's insights!!! Resources: - Follow Zoe on Twitter @zoe_leavitt and on LinkedIn: https://goo.gl/Fkm24w - Find some of Zoe's analysis, including her work on coffee, Amazon drone warehouses, and more: https://goo.gl/D5xX3D - Zoe on Good Morning America: https://goo.gl/wB7Fqi - Subscribe to Zoe's newsletter to follow all the hottest trends in consumer goods! https://goo.gl/oQaH

  • Womens health in your 20s (and beyond!) with Dr. Katie Norton

    Women's health in your 20s (and beyond!) with Dr. Katie Norton

    26/02/2018 Duração: 33min

    Dr. Kathleen Norton, obstetrician/gynecologist extraordinaire, joins Kayla and Sally to tell us what grad students need to know about women's health! She dispels contraceptive myths and gets real about HPV vaccines, Pap smears, and mammograms. Dr. Norton (Sally's mom, y'all) also discusses her work in hospitals in Kenya, early-career struggles, timing family and career, and dealing with difficult people in the workplace. There's something for everyone in this episode, even (especially?) if you don't have a vagina! The fun never ends on Twitter @doubleshelixpod. Who should we interview next? Other thoughts? doubleshelixpodcast@gmail.com Thanks again to University of Pennsylvania Department of Bioengineering for supporting the production of this episode! https://www.seas.upenn.edu/be/

  • Next-level mentorship for mentors and mentees with Julea Vlassakis

    Next-level mentorship for mentors and mentees with Julea Vlassakis

    05/01/2018 Duração: 01h08min

    Julea Vlassakis, mentorship expert and Bioengineering PhD Candidate, joins Kayla and Sally to talk mentoring in academia and beyond. Lean how to establish productive mentor/mentee relationships and cultivate the next generation of scientists - yourself included! Beginning mentees and seasoned mentors alike will learn something new from Julea's wisdom. Discover strategies for breaking out of the cycle of mediocre mentorship, how to deal with underperforming mentees, tips for cultivating a community of mentors within your field, and how to get a mentor to step up for your career goals. Stay tuned to the end for Julea's list of mentor and mentee responsibilities - supported by peer-reviewed literature, of course! Fam, this is next-level mentorship. Spoiler alert: Mentor/Mentee Responsibility Number Zero is "Establish clear goals and expectations!" Resources: *Julea's work in the Herr Lab at UC Berkeley - herrlab.berkeley.edu/ *Profile of Julea's research in honor of her winning Society for Laboratory Automatio

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